WAUSAU — The city of Wausau has restructured its leaf pickup program to give residents two opportunities to rake leaves to the curb and help reduce the amount of debris that ends up in storm sewers.

The Department of Public Works will begin picking up leaves on Sept. 30 in phase one of a two-phase plan. During phase one, leaf vacuum trucks and sweepers will pick up leaves in the gutter line on both the east and west sides of the city.

Phase two of leaf pickup will begin on Oct. 21 with leaf vacuum trucks and sweepers cleaning corner storm inlets and gutter lines. This phase will continue until a freeze or the first snow fall.

Residents may stock pile leaves in their yards before raking leaves into the gutter the week of pickup. Large sticks and rocks are not acceptable items for pickup as these objects will damage equipment and could delay pickup.

In addition to the leaf pickup program, Wausau provides a yard waste site that is free to residents. Also, for a modest fee, residents can order a yard waste container from Harter’s for weekly curbside pickup.

Visit ci.wausau.wi.us/Portals/0/Departments/Refuse/Documents/Leaf%20Pickup%202019.pdf for the leaf pickup schedules.